Sky on Fire: Sunsets in the City


“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.”

~ John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

Spectacular Sunsets

In the late summer and early autumn of 2008 and 2009, the sun in Calgary took to setting itself with outrageous beauty and flare. There must have been pixie dust or some other magic in the air those nights—on several occasions our city was graced with the most incredibly saturated, spectacular sky-on-fire sunsets I’ve ever seen. Incredibly brilliant colours danced in the dusk sky in the most dramatic ways—ways I’ve yet to see again. I thought I’d burst from the beauty of it all—an ever-changing spectacle of red, orange and sometimes pink flaming clouds melted into the skies. And I got to enjoy all of this beauty right from our living room window (where all of these photographs were shot from). What glorious shows… what a glorious series of shows we had!

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Colours, Bunnies & Chocolate Everywhere

Peter-&-LillianBrightOPTThe Arrival of Peter and Lillian

Ah… it’s that fun time of year again when Peter and Lillian come around. They generally show up sometime in early spring, I’m never quite sure exactly when they’ll arrive, I just know they always do.

I love seeing them. They stay for a couple of weeks and hide foil-wrapped chocolate eggs all about the place—now that’s my kind of house guest. It’s very fun when they’re around because I never know where I might find a little chocolate treat: in my make-up bag, in the butter-keeper, perched on top of a picture frame or in an empty pot in the cupboard. It takes me a while to find them all, especially as they seem to replenish them often. And they are so good at hiding them that I often find some long after they’ve left.

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